Yesterday’s Advent Calendar treat came in the splendid form of The Scaramanga Six‘s ‘Dog Form’, taken from their wonderful new album Worthless Music (download the track here). Today we have the welcome return of an old Joyzine favourite.
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Let’s find out who’s bringing today’s Advent Calendar download…
Returning after a half-decade hiatus, South London indie favourites Hatcham Social recently announced the forthcoming release of a new compilation album We Are The Weirdos, due out on legendary indie imprint Fierce Panda in March next year. It’s made up of singles from 2006 to 2015 along with never before released tracks including versions of HS tunes by Baxter Dury and The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess and a new recording by the band of an old track, ‘If You Go Down To The Woods Today (Three Cheers for Our Team)’, which we’re delighted to offer you as a free download on today’s Advent Calendar window.
“Originally the song was written before the first album but it was never finished,” explains frontman Toby. “It felt like it was a manifesto of what the meaning of the name of the band was ‘Hatcham Social’ being about the clearing in the woods, and this was about claiming a space in the clearing, or standing up for this space together. I was thinking a lot at that time about the play and naivety of children’s rhymes and you can feel that in the verses. Then recently after we decided to re-record it for this, I finished off the lyrics and we finalised the arrangement. It was quite an interesting thing: it was like co-writing with myself!
The band are also back playing live and on 10th December they’ll be playing the White Heat night at The Lexington in Islington. Tickets are available here, priced at £9.
Download ‘If You Go Down To The Woods Today (Three Cheers for Our Team)‘
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Come back tomorrow for more exclusive tracks + check out the tracks from previous windows, all of which are still available to download:
#1: Piney Gir – Everybody Knows It’s Christmas
#2: Lost Map Records: Gordon McIntyre – You and Me and The Ghosts of Christmas Past
#3: Hey You Guys! – I’m Sorry, Peter With Rosie – The Oxen + Peter Richard Adams – The Roaring Twenties
#4: Salt The Snail – Matador Print
#5: Dead Horse – Eating The Reindeer
#6: Blang Records: Sergeant Buzfuz – In The Bleak Midwinter, Paul Hawkins (Awkward Silences) – Christmas Doesn’t Love Me, Faux Fibbers – All The Nutters Come Out At Christmas
#7: The Scaramanga Six – Dog Form